California Extends Critical Criminal Trial Deadlines Amid Viral Outbreak

Desperate times call for unprecedented measures, even for the courts. At an emergency meeting Saturday, California’s Judicial Council voted unanimously to delay criminal arraignments, extend timelines for criminal trials, and use technology wherever possible to help courts conduct remote proceedings as they grapple with ensuring due process while protecting public health.

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42 Cats

A federal court in Pennsylvania ruled that a 78-year-old man may pursue some of his due process claims against the police officer who threatened to “bust down his door” if he did not consent to a warrantless search and then seized and euthanized some of the 42 feral cats the man was providing with veterinary care, food and shelter in and around his property.

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Lawmakers Warned of Widespread Problems in Immigration Courts

Advocates from groups representing immigration judges and lawyers painted a dire portrait Wednesday of the nation’s overwhelmed immigration courts, describing to House lawmakers a system plagued by political interference where due process violations are routine.

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Embassy Attorney Policy

The government’s policy barring attorneys from attending passport and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti was a violation of due process, a federal court in New York ruled. Plaintiffs testified that embassy employees routinely confiscated their passports and other documents and would be “detained for hours without food, water, or their required medication.”

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HIV-Positive Airmen Fight to Keep Jobs in Fourth Circuit

It took a few years for Victor Voe to realize how important his job in the Air Force really was. While he’d been serving maintenance duty on bases for years, with multiple tours overseas taking him to the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East, it wasn’t until he had the chance to serve in the Honor Guard that he realized what it meant to serve his country. 

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